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HRET junks poll protest vs Northern Samar congressman Daza

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The tribunal says Harlin Abayon's election case against Northern Samar 1st District Representative Paul Daza was 'insufficient in form and substance'

VICTOR. The HRET upholds the victory of Northern Samar 1st District Rep Paul Daza in the 2019 elections. Photo courtesy of congres.gov.ph

CHR calls for justice over killing of peasant leader in Northern Samar

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Duterte government must stop 'all forms of violence and harassment against human rights defenders'

For Typhoon Ursula victims, welcoming the year would be difficult

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:05 PM

In Barangay Matarinao, a village of around 544 families, 3,386 houses were totally damaged while 315 houses were partially destroyed when Typhoon Ursula struck

Virginia Rangis, 53, says Typhoon Ursula caused a total damage to her house. She calls for help as she hopes that her home will be restored again.     After Typhoon Ursula, Pedro Gagap, 65, spends his time repairing his neighbor’s fishing boat. He said he couldn’t go back to fishing just yet, so in the meantime, doing repairs would be a big help to meet their daily needs. Photo byJene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

Pinoy kids make waves at Surf in the City Festival

Dec 18, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Kai Alcala and Nano Capacite may look like ordinary kids but they are showing spectators at the Surf in the City Festival in Borongan, Eastern Samar, a glimpse of the future of Philippine surfing

2 dead in landmine blast in Borongan

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) A cop and a civilian die after a landmine exploded on a highway in Barangay Libuton in Borongan, Eastern Samar

LANDMINE BLAST. Rescuers help victims of a landmine blast in Borongan, Eastern Samar, on December 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of the 801st Brigade of the Philippine Army

Eastern Samar town mayor suspended for 90 days over graft case

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan faces a graft case over the purchase of a fire truck without public bidding in 2007

SUSPENDED. Guiuan, Eastern Samar Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan is suspended by Sandiganbayan over a 2017 graft case. Photo from Gonzales Kwan's Facebook page

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Tisoy causes floods, damage in parts of Samar Island

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Netizens share photos of the aftermath of #TisoyPH in Samar and Northern Samar provinces

LOOK: Brgy Cagogobngan in Catubig, Northern Samar is experiencing severe flooding due to Typhoon Tisoy on Tuesday, December 3. #TisoyPH Photo by Jerry James D. Acdang

Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan dies at 61

Dec 01, 2019 - 9:07 AM

Milagrosa Tan, the first female governor of Samar, dies after suffering from cardiac arrest at St Luke's Medical Center at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig

GOVERNOR. Milagrosa "Mila" Tan is the matriarch of the Tan political clan in Samar. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: Leyte-Surigao, Samar-Sorsogon bridges to 'start construction' in 2020

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:00 PM

These proposed bridges are no longer pushing through, with the Duterte administration shelving the 'challenging' projects

6 soldiers killed, 20 wounded in Eastern Samar clash with communist rebels

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Improvised bomb blasts meet Philippine Army soldiers acting on a tip that NPA rebels were harassing communities in the outskirts of Borongan City

OCD commemorates Yolanda with disaster risk reduction conference in Samar

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:12 PM

'The goal shall always be zero casualty,' Interagency Task Force Yolanda Chair and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles told participants of the DRRM conference

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. Six years since Yolanda's onslaught, the Office of Civil Defense holds a Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Eastern Samar on Saturday, November 9. Photo from Office of Civil Defense

6 years after Yolanda, hundreds of families yet to rebuild houses

Nov 09, 2019 - 7:10 AM

These families, from the villages of Pinamitinan and Malobago in the municipality of Marabut, Samar, are still in makeshift shelters in 'no-build zones'

WAITING FOR AID. Residents of Barangay Pinamitinan in Marabut, Samar, troop to Tacloban City in Leyte on the 6th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2019, to call on President Rodrigo Duterte to help them get permanent housing. Photo by Jazmin  Bonifacio/Rappler

Military launches airstrikes on alleged NPA lair in Northern Samar

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The Philippine Air Force drops 500-pound bombs on an encampment of alleged communist guerrillas

AIR STRIKES. The Philippine Air Force's FA-50 fighter jets dropped 500-pound bombs in 'surgical airstrikes' against alleged members of the New People's Army on Saturday, October 26, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo from the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army

P150-M shabu intercepted in Samar

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Acting on an intelligence report, Samar police find 88 kilograms of shabu inside two vehicles they stopped at a checkpoint

In far-flung areas of Samar, teachers are modern-day heroes

Oct 06, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Several teachers go above and beyond just to teach students in remote areas in Samar, with some of them having to cross rivers, climb mountains, and walk for hours in order to reach the school

Photos from Mariah Kim Oite, Ricky Balat, Rhio Amor, Adrian Benecario, and David Refuncion

LOOK: 49 people rescued from sunken boat in Samar

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the motor boat was on its way to Tagapul-an town in Samar when it was battered by strong winds and big waves, causing it to capsize

RESCUE OPERATION. The Philippine Coast Guard, CDRRMC, PNP Maritime Group, and Lite Ferries Crews rescue passengers of a sunken motor boat. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard

Sandiganbayan upholds graft conviction of Samar governor Milagrosa Tan

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The conviction carries a sentence of 612 to 115 years of imprisonment and perpetual disqualification from public office

CONVICTION AFFIRMED. The Sandiganbayan affirms the conviction of Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan, shown here when the court handed her conviction in March 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Groups hold donation drive for Samar children affected by militarization

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:37 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The groups are accepting school supplies and cash donations for the children of Northern Samar and Samar until the end of June

Bangko Sentral shuts down Rural Bank of Basey in Samar

May 20, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The Rural Bank of Basey is the fifth bank closed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in 2019

CLOSING DOWN A BANK. The Bangko Sentral  ng Pilipinas closes down the Rural Bank of Basey. Rappler file photo

Liberal Party bets dominate local races again in Calbayog City

May 18, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Liberal Party candidates win in the races for vice mayor, and took 10 of 12 city council seats in Calbayog City, Samar

PROCLAIMED. The proclaimed councilors of Calbayog City's 2nd District come from the Liberal Party. Photo by John Sydric Rendeza/Rappler

Samar poll officials probe congratulatory poster for Tans in canvassing area

May 15, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The poster placed on a wall of the canvassing area congratulates 3 members of the Tan family for 'winning' in their respective local races even before the canvassing process can be completed

PREMATURE CONGRATULATIONS. A poster congratulating members of the Tan family running in the local races in Samar hangs on a wall in the canvassing area even before the canvassing of votes can be completed on May 15, 2019. Photo from Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Calbayog mayor's supporters ambushed ahead of May 13 polls

May 12, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Reelectionist Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino condemns the attacks against his political leaders and supporters

AMBUSH. Members of the Police Scene of the Crime Operatives inspect the vehicle of Manuel Sahul and Joseph Ortega, who were ambushed on May 11, 2019. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

At least 6 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in clash with NPA in Samar

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(4th UPDATE) Troops from the 46th Infantry Battalion clash with communist rebels in Calbiga town in Samar

NPA rebels raid police station in Northern Samar

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Police say 3 rebels were killed and 3 others were captured following the pre-dawn raid on the Victoria municipal police station

RAID. Members of the New People's Army stormed the Victoria Municipal Police Station in Northern Samar on March 28, 2019, leaving bullet holes on the walls and rubble. Photo courtesy of the 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

Warning to case filers: SC junks Yolanda victims’ case vs airport contracts

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The case is among the many examples of cases being filed before the High Court by individuals not directly affected by a government policy, but use the doctrine of transcendental importance

PROCEDURAL RULES. The Supreme Court junks a petition filed by Yolanda victims against what they alleged to be an unconstitutional approach to bidding out a P116 billion project due to violation of procedural rules. Photo by Rappler

Groups combine weather forecast, digital finance to save lives

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:08 AM

PRESS RELEASE: 'B-Ready' paves the way for the immediate and safe delivery of cash to households prior to a disaster

Representatives from Oxfam in the Philippines, People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network, PLAN International, and the Local Government of Salcedo Municipality sign the memorandum of agreement for the two-year project called "B-Ready." Photo courtesy by April Bulanadi

Donations pour in for Grade 2 student who uses makeshift pen

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:36 AM

After seeing his photos on social media, concerned netizens did not hesitate to help 8-year-old Jan Kim Enario and his classmates at the Union Elementary School in Sta Rita, Samar

VIRAL: Grade 2 student from Samar uses makeshift ballpen for school

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Jan Kim's photo using an improvised pen for school, uploaded by his teacher on Facebook, has gone viral online. Netizens reach for ways to help.

Grade 2 student from Sta. Rita, Samar uses makeshift ball pen for his schoolwork.

Samar congresswoman Milagrosa Tan convicted of graft

Mar 01, 2019 - 4:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sandiganbayan sentences the congresswoman to a maximum of 115 years in prison for purchasing emergency supplies worth P16 million without public bidding when she was Samar governor

9 soldiers wounded as Army seizes NPA camp in Samar

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Brigadier General Ramil Bitong says the New People's Army rebels hastily escaped, leaving behind their valuables and subversive documents

OVERRUN. The 803rd Brigade of the Philippine Army overruns a camp of the New People's Army in Samar. Photo courtesy of 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

Catbalogan City mayor, vice mayor suspended for 6 months

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:38 AM

The DILG finally implements the Office of the Ombudsman's 6-month suspension order against 9 Catbalogan City officials and 3 employees

CATBALOGAN CITY MAYOR. Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan and several other city officials and employees have been placed under preventive suspension over an alleged overpriced property purchase. Photo from the Facebook page of Stephany Uy-Tan

Tribal leader seeks help for displaced Mamanwa families in Samar

Dec 29, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Residents in Samar villages isolated by floodwaters are asking for food and water

HEAVY FLOODING. Flooding in Calbayog, Samar, inundates a one-story home on December 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Allan Velarde of One Fm 96.7 Tacloban

4 soldiers, two civilians wounded in NPA attack in Catarman

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Members of the 43rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army are waylaid while bringing food to their fellow soldiers

WOUNDED. A civilian wounded in the attack in Catarman, Northern Samar. Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID PA

Duterte thanks Americans for returning Balangiga Bells

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'The credit goes to the American people and to the Filipino people. Period,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HOME. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 'homecoming' ceremony and turnover of the transfer certifcate of the Balangiga Bells in Eastern Samar from the United States. RTVM screenshot

Joy as U.S.-seized bells ring again on Philippine soil

Dec 15, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Residents of Balangiga welcome the return of the bells that symbolized the Philippines' dark past and long struggle for independence

FIESTA ATMOSPHERE. People begin massing near the San Lorenzo de Martir Church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, on December 15, 2018, in preparation for the official handover of the Balangiga Bells. Photo courtesy of Lady Camelot

Balangiga Bells back in Eastern Samar for handover

Dec 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The historic Balangiga Bells arrive in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, to be transported to the town of Balangiga for the formal handover rites on December 15

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'Indescribable feeling,' says descendant of Filipino who rang Balangiga bell in 1901

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:18 PM

‘The bells are heirlooms from our ancestors,’ says Nemesio Duran. He claims to be a descendant of the Filipino guerrilla fighter who rang the bell in 1901 to signal the historic attack against Americans in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.

DESCENDANT. Nemesio Duran claims to be a descendant of the Filipino the Filipino fighter who rang one of the bells on September 28, 1901.

Balangiga Bells back in the Philippines

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Balangiga Bells are finally back home 117 years after American soldiers took them from a church in Eastern Samar as war booty

BELLS RETURNED. The Balangiga Bells are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, its first stop in its historic return to the Philippines after 117 years. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

More troop deployment 'answered prayer' for Samar – congressman

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento welcomes President Duterte's order but says the troops should not have ties to local bets in the 2019 polls

SAMAR CONGRESSMAN. Samar 1st District Representativ Edgar Mary Sarmiento welcomes the deployment of more troops to election hotspots like his province. Photo from the Facebook page of Edgar Mary Sarmiento

More soldiers key to stopping armed groups in Samar – military officer

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Major General Raul Farnacio says 'taking extreme measures' is necessary 'because circumstances demand it'

Robredo questions Duterte order vs 'lawless violence'

Nov 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Malacañang should justify its use of the term 'lawless violence,' as many people worry about creeping martial law

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo says government should also answer questions on why there has been more activity among communist insurgents in the last two years. Photo by OVP

Ex-cop arrested in Northern Samar over possession of IED

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Authorities say retired Police Officer 2 Dario Bolandia Ayes owns the site where boxes containing improvised explosive devices have been found

Duterte orders more soldiers, cops in Bicol, Samar, Negros Island

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:47 AM

(UPDATED) This is to 'suppress lawless violence and acts of terror' in those areas, according to Memorandum Order 32 which also reinforces guidelines for the implementation of a state of national emergency

MORE TROOP DEPLOYMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered more government troops in parts of Luzon and the Visayas to quell 'lawless violence' and terrrorism. Photo from Richard Madleo/Presidential Photo

FAST FACTS: Balangiga Massacre

Sep 28, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The Balangiga Massacre of September 28, 1901, is considered as one of the bloodiest events during the Philippine-American war

EDITORIAL CARTOON. The editorial cartoon of the New York Evening Journal on May 5, 1902, depicting soldiers carrying out the order of General Jacob H. Smith to kill Balangiga males over the age of 10. Photo from Wikipedia Commons

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

Albayalde fires all cops in raided Northern Samar police station

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) Northern Samar provincial police chief Romeo Campomanes is also fired

PILLAGED. The Lapinig Municpal Police Station is allegedly raided by around 100 alleged New People's Army rebels. PNP Northern Samar photo

LOOK: Suspected NPA rebels raid Northern Samar town police station

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Two cops of the Lapinig Municipal Police Station are hurt in the pre-dawn 'looting and shooting rampage'

Canada PM does not back down on rights defense in Saudi spat

Aug 09, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Tensions have been high between the two countries since August 6, when Riyadh expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and froze all new trade and investments

ON HUMAN RIGHTS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country 'will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights.' File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its own over 'interference'

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Saudi Arabia gives envoy Dennis Horak 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as 'interference' in its internal affairs